Wednesday’s What About: Zettai Ryouiki

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This time, I wanted to talk about zettai ryouiki. I’m sure some of you know what I’m talking about. Even if you don’t, I’m almost certain that most of you have at least seen it before.

By the way, I know it’s been a while since I’ve written for the weekly feature, sorry. Part of the reason is because I was busy with Flowers these past two weeks, but another reason is because I’m slowly realizing that I can’t just sit around and only do episode reviews. There’s tons of yuri and all-girls club shows that I’ve yet to review. There’s visual novels that I played and finished before I started this blog, so they’re on the bucket list, too. That and this weekly feature isn’t exactly popular.

At any rate, what do I mean by zettai ryouiki? Well, the term (which is written as  絶対領域) means “absolute territory” and refers to “the area of bare skin exposed on the thighs between the skirt and stockings / socks for female characters.” It’s also known as the “sock gap.”

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Tiers of zettai ryouiki.

In other words, zettai ryouiki is defined by three components: the skirt, the bare upper thigh, and the sock / stocking. The higher the stocking, the more sensual the zettai ryouiki. There’s a whole science to it with a golden thigh ratio and such, but I won’t go there.

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Tohsaka Rin is a classic example of zettai ryouiki.

Anyways, I guess I wanted to ask if people think zettai ryouiki should be more widespread. Like, do you think every anime girl (or guy; nice thighs are nice thighs) should be wearing thigh highs and mini skirts?

Personally, I’m against the idea. The combination usually belongs to a specific archetype and it would be boring if every character wore the same kind of clothing. Characters do look rather attractive dressed like that, though.


What do you think about zettai ryouiki? I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments section.

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